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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Toyota Avensis Tourer - 8th Report

Date: 17 November 2009   |   Author: Guy Bird

Making a playlist in the Avensis is fine, but playing it is proving more difficult
Category: Estate
P11D price: £22,385
Key rival: Ford Mondeo Estate

Exploring the full extent of the Avensis Tourer's capability is mostly an enlightening experience.

It's great at regular estate work - swallowing two massive speakers for a recent outdoor party with ease - while still having room to squeeze in the amp, lights, light stand, laser and the smoke machine (oh yes) that went with them.

Its upmarket everyday kit like electronic seat memory function makes every day an upmarket experience. My 5ft 3in wife uses her setting to get closer and higher to the steering wheel and presses the setting for my 6ft 1in frame to make it easier for her to exit the vehicle. which means when I get in, the seat's just right. Perfect.

I've even managed to set up the stereo to copy any new CD I insert onto the car's 10Gb music hard drive and made a playlist, for when my iPod is elsewhere. Editing or adding tracks is no problem, too, but despite much manual-bothering, actually learning how to play that list has so far eluded me, which is a shame. I've cancelled my application to be a contestant on the Krypton Factor meanwhile.

Toyota Avensis Tourer 2.2
D-4D 150 T4 5dr 6spd manual
Claimed combined consumption50.4mpg
Our average consumption40.6mpg
P11D price£22,385
Model price range£16,560-£25,605
CO2 (tax) 150g/km/21%
BIK 20/40% per month£78/£157
Service intervalup to 20,000mls
Insurancegroup 8E
Boot space (min/max)543/1609 litres
Engine size/power2231cc/150PS
Top speed/0-62mph131mph/9.2secs
Why we’re running itCan it live up to its
sleeker, more
fuel-efficient billing?
PositiveBoot size, flexibility,
ride, interior quality
NegativeVoice activation,
satnav intuitiveness